Transform a bowl of brown rice into a Middle Eastern salad with the addition of chickpeas, mint, cumin and dates. The flavors really jazz up this healthy side dish.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas, cumin, and salt. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
Combine rice, onion-chickpea mixture, dates, mint, and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until thoroughly combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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This recipe is pretty good, but I am not the biggest fan of dates. I put in 1/4 cup of dates and honestly I would put even less in. It makes the salad really sweet, especially with the sweet onion. I don't think this could be considered a whole meal in of itself. Maybe a snack
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